Residents storm island stores to stock up on supplies

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Shoppers told PNC News the exchanges on both bases were run over by customers today and there were reported 2-hour lines outside the NEX. (Viewer submitted photo)

There’s no doubt coronavirus is negatively affecting the tourism side of our economy, but it sure is boosting the retail side, with some grocery shelves running empty across the island.

Surely you’ve seen and heard about the run on toilet paper, hand sanitizer and cleaning products across the island with nerves running high in the face of COVID-19.

Grocery store parking lots are packed. Lines can be seen outside several retailers. Shelves are empty in some stores and customer-purchase limits have been instated.

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We caught up with shoppers to see if they’re stocking up any more than usual.

We even bumped into former Guam governor Eddie Calvo grocery shopping. Calvo says he’s confident our community will get through this, much like previous challenges we’ve faced.

And of course, we had to ask if he too was stocking up on items.

“I’m not too sure why my wife told me to get toilet paper…but for some reason, I got toilet paper as well,” Calvo joked.

Effective today, all Pay-Less stores on island will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice to give the stores a chance to sanitize, clean and re-stock.

The commissary on Naval base was shut down today for what officials say is the need for “proper mitigation procedures.” There’s no word yet on when the commissary will reopen.

Shoppers told PNC News the exchanges on both bases were run over by customers today and there were reported 2-hour lines outside the NEX.

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